Album Reviews

Kari Rueslåtten – To The North

Review: Kari Rueslåtten – To The North

Soprano singer, songwriter and keyboardist Kari Rueslåtten was lead vocalist with Norwegian doom metal/experimental band The 3rd And The Mortal, inspiring future female-lead bands such as The Gathering, Flowing Tears and Nightwish. After leaving in 1995 she has collaborated with fellow female vocalists Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and Liv Kristine (Theatre of Tragedy) as The Sirens, alongside developed her own solo career, with ...

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Review: Aiden – Aiden

Aiden seemed to be the right kind of band to soundtrack the mid-00s with a punk rock revival, the ’emo’/ ‘scene’ culture and MySpace making sure unknown bands got heard. However the likes of My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco and even Green Day seemed to rule the rock charts. Aiden were always the band you had more cred ...

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Anal Fissure - Mind of a Serial Killer

Reveiw: Anal Fissure – Mind of a Serial Killer

From the typically unreadable band name for those not used to it, the unsettling album title, and the not so family friendly name. Anal Fissure looks to be everything you want in your face, a brutal, death metal release. Definitely not something you could get away with in front of the grandmother! I knew nothing of this band, other than ...

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Fearless Vampire Killers - Bruises

Review: Fearless Vampire Killers – Bruises

Fearless Vampire Killers could be the busiest band in rock at the moment. 2014 saw the British rockers release their 2nd full album Unbreakable Hearts and embarked on a European tour supporting fellow rockers Black Veil Brides. This year, they played a set on the second stage at Download Festival and have hit the road on a headline tour of ...

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North Cote - Hope Is Made of Steel

Review: Northcote – Hope Is Made of Steel

Firstly, I would like to introduce you to Matt Goud better know as Northcote. The Canadian singer songwriter from British Colobima joined by his friends and other musicians. He has shared the stage with acts such Gaslight Anthem, and Chuck Ragan. Matt was brought up on a diet of country and gospel music. Over the past 8 years, few young ...

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Clutch Psychic Warfare

Review: Clutch – Psychic Warfare

Clutch are now a much loved institution that rank among the very best of the rock scene. From an album output that most bands would die for, to being one of the best live bands around. There is a very good reason to rate Clutch so highly and to be drooling in anticipation of any new material. When you boil ...

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Review: Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live

Recent Whitesnake addition Joel Hoekstra has released an album under his new 13 side project, albeit that it was instigated prior to his joining Coverdale’s band and so presumably while he was still a guitarist in Night Ranger. A melodic hard rock album, and released on the Frontiers label, comparisons to the guitarist he replaced in the ‘Snake, Doug Aldrich, ...

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Review: Akarusa Yami – Heavy Climb (EP)

Since the arrival of Akursa Yami into the world from Nottingham in the year 2010, they have managed to whip up a storm with two EP releases and rave reviews from the likes of Terrorizer (UK), Zero Tolerance (UK), Metal Hammer (Norway) and Legacy (Germany) to name a few, and now they have unleashed their first full length release, ‘Heavy ...

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Review: Chris Cornell – Euphoria Mourning (re-release)

It’s 1999. Soundgarden have broken up and are nearly a decade away from a reunion. Audioslave are a few years off and Chris Cornell needs to fill his day with something. What he creates his debut solo album, at the time named Euphoria Morning. Fast toward to 2015, and Cornell has re-released his debut outing. There are no new tracks ...

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Review: Children Of Bodom – I Worship Chaos

There was a time where I, like many of my peers, would go to the music store and buy new albums based solely on the genre, artwork and album name – Children Of Bodom‘s Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) was one of these albums. Not having heard them before, I recall how refreshing it sounded; kicking off with the relentless ‘Needled 24/7’ then ...

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